Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Canadians and Cuba

There is a terrific (and highly unusual) editorial in today's online edition of the Canadian daily The National Post that will undoubtedly upset our friends in Havana.

Under the no-nonsense heading, "Tropical Tyranny", the Post explains how the 600,000 or so Canadians who fly to Cuba on holidays every year have played a huge part in helping keep the Castro regime afloat, especially following the disappearance of Soviet aid in the late 1980s.

As the paper says, Canadians spend about one billion Canadian dollars in Cuba every year - or about a quarter of all income from tourism. A lot of money.

"So with winter travel season beginning, we would like to ask one question: Do [tourists] know what happens to political dissidents beyond the resorts and tourist beaches?," the paper says.

"While you're basking in the warm tropical sun, give some thought to the many political prisoners in Cuban jails for such crimes as demanding democracy, speaking with foreigners without permission or criticising dictator Fidel Castro."

You can read more here.


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